Due to storm damage spanning from the East Coast to the West Coast, the IRS has extended tax deadlines for taxpayers in several states across the country. While April 18, 2023, remains the tax filing deadline for most Americans, Arkansas storm victims have been granted an extension until July 31 to file federal individual and business tax returns and settle their tax obligations.
Following the destructive tornadoes and storms that ravaged the state on Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared certain areas as a disaster zone. As a result, the IRS has granted a tax extension to individuals and businesses residing in Cross, Lonoke, and Pulaski counties. If additional counties are added to the disaster area, the tax extension will be expanded accordingly.
The tax deadline has been extended by the IRS in several states affected by storms
Moreover, the IRS had previously postponed tax deadlines for Mississippi, California, Alabama, Georgia, and New York. Officials announced on Wednesday that taxpayers in Mississippi affected by storms will also have their tax deadline extended until July 31. The state was hit by tornadoes and severe storms on March 24 and 25, and taxpayers in Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, Montgomery, Panola, and Sharkey counties are eligible for the tax filing and payment extensions.
The IRS has announced that individuals impacted by the severe winter storm that hit New York’s Erie, Genesee, Niagara, St. Lawrence, and Suffolk counties in late December 2022 will have until May 15 to file their taxes. Furthermore, the recent flooding, winter storms, landslides, and mudslides in California have also resulted in tax deadline extensions. The IRS has extended the deadline for filing taxes in over three dozen counties in California.
Where does the IRS deferral affect?
Those living or conducting business in Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, and Yuba counties are eligible for the tax extension.
The tax deadline for individuals impacted by storms in parts of Georgia and Alabama was initially extended to May 15 in January, but has since been further postponed until October 16. This extension applies to Butts, Henry, Jasper, Meriwether, Newton, Spalding, and Troup counties in Georgia, as well as Autauga and Dallas counties in Alabama.
Individuals who do not reside in regions impacted by storms can also request extensions by completing Form 4868. However, it’s worth noting that an extension of time to file does not provide any extension of time to make tax payments.